Canoe Custom Mechanical Keyboard Build & Review

Canoe Custom Mechanical Keyboard Build & Review


I think it’s about time I do a higher end
build on the channel, but instead of one, we’ll do a double build. So today we have the Canoe by Percent Studios,
which is from a groupbuy a while back. So yeh, I’m pretty lucky to have gotten
2 people to build these for. The first one I have is this white and red
version. And then we have a black and grey version. And the case comes pre-assembled in the box,
but we still of course have to take it apart. So we get an aluminium plate. An aluminium weight. And yeh, it’s just alu, so it’s not like
a brass weight or anything, that would actually make the thing heavier, coming in at just
under 300grams. The case has 2 parts, both made from solid
CNC’d aluminium. And yeh, just beautiful pieces to look at. And it’s finished nicely all on the inside
as well These PCBs are known to be kinda dodgy, with
a bunch of people having issues, so I was glad that they worked out of the box, by testing
them with tweezers. But they do look really nice with that matte
black solder mask. For the white board, I’m using GMK screw
in stabilisers, with a bit of Super Lube applied. And for the black board, we’re using some
rich boy Zeal Stabs, which look really nice by the way with the transparent housing and
gold plated wires and screws. However, there was an issue with the spacebar
stabiliser. So I realised that it wasn’t coming up all
the way, and looking closer, I actually realised that the wire was hitting the edge of the
plate. So basically the plate wasn’t giving enough
clearance. So yeh, I had no choice but to give it just
a little file to give that clearance. And to be honest, it’s not that bad. Like most of the filing was done on the underside,
so you can’t really see it. Plus of course when assembled, you can’t
see it at all. Still would rather not do it though. For the keyswitches, both boards have them
Zeal PC goodies. For the white board we have 67g Tealios, which
are smooth linear switches. And for the black board, we have 67g Zilents,
which are silent tactile switches. We’ll see them at the end with the sound
tests and all. Alright, so now to put it all together, and
by the way, all of these screws are good solid hex screws. If you’re gonna have these beastly boards,
you’re gonna want some nice keycaps. For the white board, we have GMK Red Honey. Made in Germany, GMK keycaps are highly regarded
in the community for their quality and feel, but they are ABS plastic, which is seen as
a positive by some, while others think the other way, because they do shine over time. And we get some pretty good compatibility
as well, but we also got this extra kit. And for the black board, we have Enjoy PBT
Black on White. A stunningly simple and clean colourway by
ePBT, who are also highly regarded, but are a tier lower than GMK. Both companies do use the popular Cherry profile,
being shorter than your typical OEM caps. And here they are all done, and let’s just
start with the white one. This board is stunningly cohesive. It’s not actually white, as I’ve been
describing it throughout the video, as you can’t anodise aluminium white, but you can
get close. So in different lighting conditions, as with
most things, it changes from a white appearance, to more of a grey appearance. The keycaps are a perfect match for the whole
colour scheme, also remember that we do have a red mounting plate underneath these keycaps. Of course the white of the keycaps won’t
match the actual colour of the case, but it is a nice change. The dark grey modifiers give it a bit of depth
to oppose the case and white caps. And then of course the red legends for that
edge and colour, which really brings it to life. The anodisation is of a higher quality being
harder and more durable, while having a softer feel. Both of the ones I have here came in pretty
much perfect condition. However you may notice that there are no rubber
feet or anything included. So it’s just aluminium against whatever
surface you put it on. It’s pretty stable on the desk, but you
just don’t feel comfortable putting like a 500 dollar board on a table just like that. Now the black one has kind of a stronger and
contrasting look. This time, we have a black top and grey bottom,
which again, is very clean. These ePBT Black on White keycaps are very
very strong, as it’s quite a bright cool white. Usually with white keycaps we’d get something
a bit warmer, and this makes them stand out a whole lot more, so it matches the black
perfectly with that strong contrast. Whether it matches with the grey, I’m not
so sure. But it’s definitely not out of place. The 65% form factor is the sweet spot for
me personally. I always felt like it was the perfect balance
between size and functionality, with the few nav keys and dedicated arrow keys on the right. But yeh, everyone is different. And here’s how they sound. Alright so these are pretty expensive MX style
keyswitches, so you’d expect them to be good. And they are. The Zilent’s are silent tactile keyswitches,
basically being a silent version of the well regarded Zealio’s. So they have these little dampeners on the
stem, making them very quiet as you would have heard. And the tactile bump is still quite prominent
and rounded, but it feels different because of those dampeners, so everything feels softer
in a way. The Tealios on the other hand are linear switches,
with its main drawpoint being its smoothness. And they are smooth. Probably the smoothest MX style switch I’ve
personally used. And combined with the high quality keycaps
and the hefty case, it makes for a real solid typing experience. But they’re also quite loud, perhaps because
they’re so clean. Alright so before I end this, unfortunately
it’s not all perfect. At the time I recorded this audio, the PCB
of the white and black Canoe is not functioning. I tested the PCB before building, and it worked,
and I already knew that these PCBs are dodgy, with quite a few people having problems, so
I did take care when building. But somewhere in the process, I must have
done something to upset it, so yeh, super super disappointing. I just really hope that I can fix it. Overall, these are two absolutely fantastic
looking boards. The case design is stunning, being elegant,
but at the same time having a strong character with its smooth angular design. Both boards look unique in their own ways,
and the owners definitely went hard with pretty much everything. Like the switches, stabs, keycaps, everything
is pretty much right up there. I know doing this may not make sense to a
lot of people. But it is a hobby, and people can do what
they want. And I for sure enjoyed building these beautiful
keyboards. If you’re in Sydney and want to see other
decked out keyboards, we have a meetup coming up in December. I’ll put the links in the description if
you want to check it out.

60 thoughts on “Canoe Custom Mechanical Keyboard Build & Review

  • November 3, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    Sydney Mech Meet 2018! : https://redd.it/9rrva5

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  • November 3, 2018 at 7:10 pm
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    wow nice

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  • November 3, 2018 at 7:13 pm
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    ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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  • November 3, 2018 at 7:16 pm
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    wait what, 1 keyboard costs $500?

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  • November 3, 2018 at 7:17 pm
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    Weird flex but okay

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  • November 3, 2018 at 7:20 pm
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    About time we see a Top-tier custom!

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  • November 3, 2018 at 7:27 pm
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    <3<3<3<3<3

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  • November 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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    Very nice boards, unfortunate that Percent sort of cheaped out on these PCBs and caused issues for so many buyers.

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  • November 3, 2018 at 7:31 pm
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    Lol what's blackpink jennie doing there at the end;;

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  • November 3, 2018 at 7:33 pm
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    Hi
    I recently bought BK64 just for gaming. Do you think pcb in this keyboard is good(fast) or would you recomend upgrade ?
    Regards

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  • November 3, 2018 at 7:34 pm
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    Who that girl?

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  • November 3, 2018 at 7:38 pm
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    are these zilent v1 or v2?

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  • November 3, 2018 at 7:49 pm
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    Why the fuck a hot chick in on the last frame

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  • November 3, 2018 at 7:49 pm
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    ugh percent studio makes amazing boards

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  • November 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm
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    The Canoe is so nice <3

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  • November 3, 2018 at 8:41 pm
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    If you get those PCBs fixed please make a video on your process 🙂

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  • November 3, 2018 at 8:57 pm
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    This keyboard is 100 percent good for me! I would love to have that. Nice work

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  • November 3, 2018 at 9:08 pm
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    very nice.

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  • November 3, 2018 at 9:18 pm
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    Is that a mini USB port? In 2018? LOL

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  • November 3, 2018 at 9:39 pm
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    That first board sounds amazing holy hell

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  • November 3, 2018 at 10:26 pm
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    You know what i want?
    A video on desoldering a VicTsing (those £30/$40 Amazon kbs that come with Outemu blue).

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  • November 3, 2018 at 10:58 pm
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    Seriously: what stabs are better? I love my GMK screw-ins on my DZ60, but I always wanted to try Zeal stabs.

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  • November 3, 2018 at 11:17 pm
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    What's the AE411 in the upper-right corner doing at 4:10?

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  • November 3, 2018 at 11:50 pm
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    god i wish i wouldve won the raffle for one of these 🙁

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  • November 4, 2018 at 12:18 am
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    My next video is on that Xiaomi, and the one after that will probably be my Canoe. It's like my channel is stalking yours 😀

    Two great builds. Hope I can enjoy mine before it stops working.

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  • November 4, 2018 at 12:47 am
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    Love the Sydmeet logo, a funny reference to the opera house!

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  • November 4, 2018 at 2:22 am
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    The issue with the boards and the mounting plate are quite concerning especially for a $500 kit

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  • November 4, 2018 at 2:55 am
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    Why you have to file the plate ? Is it due to the defect in manufacture of the plate or the Zeal PC's screwed-in golden stablizers?

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  • November 4, 2018 at 4:02 am
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    a 500$ board that interfere with the stabilizer and a dodgy PCB that depends on the buyer luck? Hmm, no wonder the Chinese are cloning it too at a much lower price. haha

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  • November 4, 2018 at 6:52 am
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    Oh man. That one connector put way out on the PCB with no support. That case better close in on that connector real tight or you're gonna end up with a borked board.

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  • November 4, 2018 at 7:07 am
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    I'm not sure about GMK over ePBT: I've never seen dye-subs actually fade, but ABS shine will happen.

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  • November 4, 2018 at 8:25 am
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    GMK vs Zeal stabs, not considering the wire fouling on the plate and the bad keycap, are they comparable? GMK just better?

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  • November 4, 2018 at 8:43 am
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    The Tealios typing sound made me quit No Nut November.

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  • November 4, 2018 at 8:49 am
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    65% is the best

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  • November 4, 2018 at 1:40 pm
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    did you use plate mount or pcb mount switches for these boards? great build btw 😀

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  • November 4, 2018 at 1:54 pm
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    Aluminium weights? That's a questionable use of resources at least…

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  • November 5, 2018 at 2:13 am
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    I love all of your builds

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  • November 5, 2018 at 5:10 pm
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    Nice boards but can't stand the sound of the switches, too tinny for me. I like mostly deep sounding switches like most alps have.

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  • November 5, 2018 at 10:21 pm
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    stabs are still rattly, and tealios unlubed. c'mon man, you can do better.

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  • November 6, 2018 at 6:22 am
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    That's my Red/White Canoe! Big thanks to @TaeKeyboards 😀

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  • November 7, 2018 at 11:34 pm
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    Hey check out my review on a great cheap mechanical fully rgb keyboard pleaseeeee!

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  • November 10, 2018 at 12:30 am
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    Chinese clones are cheap and have pretty good quality :d

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  • November 11, 2018 at 4:42 pm
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    lol if youre gonna make a custom pcb with a non standard layout, why not make it hot swappable? Its fixed to one layout anyway, they shouldn't have cheeped out either. Either way the board looks great especially the white/red with the white leds.

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  • November 11, 2018 at 4:45 pm
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    I keep forgetting to try zilents, right now I use box royals

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  • November 26, 2018 at 3:59 am
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    nice

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  • December 7, 2018 at 7:48 pm
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    Can I get the link of BoW Keykaps plz ?

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  • December 12, 2018 at 7:44 pm
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    Canoe…"the PCB probably works"

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  • December 14, 2018 at 9:40 am
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    Nice to see another Australian enthusiast!

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  • January 8, 2019 at 4:23 pm
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    Serious question, I'd love if someone could help me out here:
    Why aren't split spacebars more popular with enthusiast keyboards? Never had one, but I'd love to one day.
    With minimal keyboards missing arrow keys and FN keys, you need to go to layers. But that requires a key. Many have already used the capslock key as a modifier, because it's easy to reach. But why not the spacebar split? There is no one using BOTH sides of it, most gamers use the left thumb, some people use the right thumb, but No one uses both. This way there are like at least two keyspaces wasted….

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  • February 1, 2019 at 5:52 pm
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    Hello. I want to ask you how a person knows about keyboards. Can I rub my keyboard but with the HHKB2 layout? I'm a big fan of this keyboard. If you know how to do this, please email me. Thank you for your help.

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  • February 25, 2019 at 6:35 am
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    are telios linears smoother than gateron silent reds in your opinion?!?!

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  • March 24, 2019 at 4:10 am
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    That SydMeet logo is the most appropriate thing I've ever seen. Need to start doing commemorative cap sets for big meets.
    Unless that already happens…
    I'm a hermit and would not know.

    I live in a house made of empty keyboard boxes and cap set holders.

    Maybe in the post-apocalyptic future we'll trade keycaps instead of bottle caps…..

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  • April 10, 2019 at 7:39 am
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    How many keys have?

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  • May 4, 2019 at 1:20 pm
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    i hope those tealios were not the fake ones, damn those canoes are good!

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  • July 8, 2019 at 7:21 am
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    Why don't you ever provide the links where you bought the items from?

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  • August 5, 2019 at 10:07 am
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    no lube for the healios?

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  • August 18, 2019 at 3:32 am
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    500 hundred ????? XD omg I though it is like 200 hundred max

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  • August 18, 2019 at 5:24 pm
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    "Rich boy zeal stabs." lol

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